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Now scheduling events for 2020-2021

Conference Keynotes, Library Talks, School Visits & Book Fairs

Charles Ghigna - Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 books from Random House, Simon & Schuster, Time Inc., Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Abrams, Boyds Mills Press, Charlesbridge, Capstone, Orca and other publishers. He has written more than 5,000 poems for children and adults that have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines ranging from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Highlights and Cricket magazines. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, instructor of creative writing at Samford University, poetry editor of English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English, and as a nationally syndicated poetry feature writer for Tribune Media Services. He speaks at schools, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas, and has read his poems at The Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center, American Library in Paris, American School in Paris, and the International Schools of South America.

Honorarium & Expenses

Conference Talks & Library Programs

ONE Presentation

$1,500 - plus airfare, hotel and meals

$.50 a mile for states within driving distance

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School Visits

TWO Presentations

$1,750 - plus airfare, hotel and meals

$.50 a mile for states within driving distance

"Ghigna exudes energy from the moment he takes the stage. His performance is complete with funny faces, humorous postures, and comedic hand gestures. He breaks down complex writing theory and presents it in a fun and engaging way. He isn't afraid to get silly as evidenced by the uproarious laughter from his audiences."

--Jacob Probus, The Gadsden Messenger

The Poems & Pranks of Father Goose
An Inter-Active Assembly Program

Grades K-5

A high-energy Poetry Performance that includes inter-active choral readings with the students, lively recitations, readings and story-telling that demonstrate where to get ideas and how to get started, and a Q&A session for students and teachers. 

"A humorous, entertaining, and instructional poetry program
designed to motivate students and teachers to read and write poetry."

Students and teachers have fun learning about
the various types of poetry
and where to find inspiration and ideas for their poems

Each presentation is 45-50 minutes

Assembly Programs

Each school visit includes TWO large assembly shows

For students, teachers, librarians & parents
Grades K-2 and 3-5

Student / Author Lunch
and Book Signing

Space & Equipment for Presentations

Auditorium (or gymnasium, cafeteria, large room, or area of the library)

A hand-held microphone on a stand placed in front of
Two long tables pushed together for displayA Typical School Visit Schedule

10-11 First Assembly (K-2)

11-12 Second Assembly (3-5)

Noon - Lunch

1-2 Book signing in Library


For events within driving distance in the SE, for your convenience we will order books from the publishers and bring them with us the day of the event and personally autograph books following the program.

For events that require air travel,

please contact your local bookseller to handle book orders.

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